New York City's ban on large sodas has been called
an infringement on individual liberties and an affront to consumer sovereignty - but is it racist too?
That's the accusation made by the NAACP and Hispanic advocacy groups. They hope to block enforcement of the ban on the grounds that it discriminates against smaller, minority-owned businesses that are less able to absorb the revenue loss.
"The NAACP and the Hispanic Federation, an organization of 100 Northeastern groups, say their concern is that minority-owned delis and corner stores will end up at a disadvantage compared with grocery chains," writes
the Associated Press.
But The American Conservative
's Rod Dreher thinks
it's all a case of money talking, and points to the hefty sums given the NAACP and Hispanic Federation by the likes of Coca-Cola and Pepsi.
"If it's a racial issue, then the black and Hispanic activists ought to be on the city's side, given that minorities are more likely to be obese than whites," Dreher writes. " But no, these groups are bought and paid for."
Via The American Conservative and AP